Arkle Memorial Statue Ltd

Statue in the making

From Clay to Bronze

The transformation of an idea, a sketch, a wax maquette, a clay structure, and then scattered segments of rubber and resin mould into what has been described as “a warm statue”, a bronze sculpture that conveys the unbreakable bond between Arkle and Pat Taaffe, is something that can only be delivered by a true artist. In this case Emma MacDermott has done what perhaps no other sculptor could ever manage and here we will trace the journey, step by step.

The Foundry

Bronze Art Foundry in Dublin’s Gaelic Street has been home to the statue for many months now as the rubber and resin mould, which arrived in more than a dozen pieces, painstakingly became an exact bronze replica of Arkle and Pat Taaffe.

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Stories of Arkle

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Anyone who has ever chatted with Paddy Woods will know that he has countless stories and can tell them well. Get him together with Arkle’s groom Johnny Lumley and the gaps are all filled in. We spent a great hour or so at the LMFM studios in February 2013 for Gerry Kelly’s Late Lunch show […]

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